Getting that boat out for the first time this season?

Below is a handy list of some things to check before getting out on the water.

Should you be uncertain of how to perform any of these maintenance steps, be sure to check with your boat mechanic. It is always a good idea to have a certified mechanic check your boat out before your first time out on the water.  This could prevent ruining your entire outing or vacation.  Click here for more information on our trained outboard and sterndrive mechanics.

Boat Maintenance Checklist:

Outboard Motors:

  • Spark plugs must be replacedMechanic fixing boat
  • Inspect plug wires
  • Verify gear lube is adequate
  • Inspect tank, fuel lines, primer bulb
  • All movable parts should be lubricated
  • Check prop for damage


Water System:

  • Flush water tank
  • Check water system and pump


Electrical System and Components:

  • Check :
  •     all navigation lights
  •     battery water level
  •     terminals for corrosion, clean and lubricate
  •     gauges for operability
  •     electronics for proper operation
  •      bonding system
  • recharge batteries / replace batteries
  • Inspect all wiring for wear
  • Insure you have spare fuses
  • Insure you have spare bulbs



  • Verify your  registration is current & obtain required paperwork or stickers
  • Check
  •     brakes
  •     tire pressure
  •     tire wear
  •     rollers and pads
  •     test lights and electrical
  •     safety chains
  •     tongue lock
  • Lubricate:
  •     winch
  •     wheel bearings
  •     tongue jack
  •     wheel